Honorary Degrees

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Name: Angela Hewitt, B.Mus.
Convocation date: October 23, 2010
Discipline / contribution: music - performance
Citation / biographical information:

Miss Hewitt is one of today’s foremost musicians. She has received critical acclaim and repeatedly been singled out as one of the world’s most eminent interpreters of the music of J.S. Bach and “nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come”. Her recordings of the complete solo keyboard concertos of J.S. Bach with the Australian Chamber Orchestra entered the billboard charts in the U.S.A. only weeks after their release, and were named Record of the Month in Gramophone magazine. Her other recent recordings include the complete solo piano music of Ravel. Miss Hewitt is well known not only in Canada but also abroad; she has performed extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including recitals at the world’s top international music festivals.

Miss Hewitt earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa at the age of eighteen. She has received many honours. She won the prestigious International Bach competition in Toronto in 1985. In 1997 she was given the key to the City of Ottawa. In July 2000, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada, the citation reading in part, “She is an internationally acclaimed pianist and esteemed musical ambassador of Canada”. She was named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006 and was awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listener’s Award (Royal Philharmonic Society Awards) in 2003. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006.

Miss Hewitt is a founding member of “Piano Six”, a group established in 1994. Miss Hewitt and other top professional pianists have made concert appearances on a regular basis in small or isolated centres across Canada where there is little access to live classical music on a professional level. They have played in and taught at rural schools, churches and town halls, reaching a cumulative audience of over 100,000 people of all ages. The group received the Chalmers Foundation 2000 National Music Award for making “a valuable contribution to Canadian culture” and “a gift of a lifetime” to classical music lovers living in Canada’s smaller centres (locales in Saskatchewan among them). She is generous with her time given for the promotion of classical music in her native land.

Miss Hewitt represents the best that can be achieved by disciplined and ongoing dedication to one’s art, and she contributes to education of future musicians by lecturing, teaching, and conducting master classes.

Degree received: Doctor of Letters

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